The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Friday 28 February 2014



*The data from the 2011 Census of India report on population of Muslims in India is not available and the reference point is still the 2001 Census report. 

The 15 minority concentration districts (MCDs) of Uttar Pradesh having minority concentration over 25 per cent are from the western region of UP (including Ruhelkhand). The minority concentration data here also includes Christian, Sikh and Buddhist populations. But except two, Pilibhit and Ghaziabad (24 per cent each), all the districts have Muslim population at or above 25 per cent. Also, in all the districts, the minority population percentage is basically about the Muslim population only as others add just one or two percentage points in almost of the cases. 

Districts having maximum % of Muslim population (in descending order): 
(Figures based on Census 2001)

1. Rampur 
    Total population: 19,23,739
    Muslim population: 9,45,277
    Muslim population %: 49
    Minority population %: 53 

2. Moradabad
   Total population: 38,10,983
   Muslim population: 17,35,381
   Muslim population %: 46
   Minority population %: 46 

3. Bijnor
   Total population: 31,31,619
   Muslim population: 13,06,329
   Muslim population %: 42
   Minority population %: 43 

4. Saharanpur
   Total population: 28,96,863
   Muslim population: 11,32,919
   Muslim population %: 39
   Minority population %: 40

5. Jyotiba Phule Nagar 
   Total population: 14,99,068
   Muslim population: 5,90,308
   Muslim population %: 39
   Minority population %: 40

6. Muzaffarnagar
   Total population: 35,43,362
   Muslim population: 13,49,629
   Muslim population %: 38
   Minority population %: 39

7. Balampur 
   Total population: 16,82,350
   Muslim population: 6,17,675
   Muslim population %: 37
   Minority population %: 37

8. Bahraich
   Total population: 23,81,072
   Muslim population: 8,29,361
   Muslim population %: 35
   Minority population %: 35

9. Bareily 
   Total population: 36,18,589
   Muslim population: 12,26,386
   Muslim population %: 34
   Minority population %: 35

10. Meerut
   Total population: 29,97,361
   Muslim population: 9,75,715
   Muslim population %: 33
   Minority population %: 34

11. Siddharthnagar
   Total population: 20,40,085
   Muslim population: 6,00,336
   Muslim population %: 29
   Minority population %: 30

12. Pilibhit
   Total population: 16,45,183
   Muslim population: 3,90,773
   Muslim population %: 24
   Minority population %: 29

13. Shrawasti 
   Total population: 11,76,391
   Muslim population: 3,01,117
   Muslim population %: 26
   Minority population %: 26

14. Baghpat
   Total population: 11,63,991
   Muslim population: 2,87,871
   Muslim population %: 25
   Minority population %: 25

15. Ghaziabad
   Total population: 32,90,586
   Muslim population: 7,82,915
   Muslim population %: 24
   Minority population %: 25

Some other districts with significant Muslim population are Barabanki (22.04%),  Badaun (21.33%), Bulandshahar (21.07%), Lucknow (20.52%), Kheri (19.10%) and Shahjahanpur (17.9%).

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -  

The process of identification of minority concentration districts (Government of India)
(Source: Ministry of Minority Affairs) 
  • Districts with a 'substantial minority population' of at least 25% of the total population were identified in 29 States/UTs.
  • Districts having a large absolute minority population exceeding 5 lakh and the percentage of minority population exceeding 20% but less than 25% were identified in 29 States/UTs.
  • In the six States/UTs, where a minority community is in majority, districts having 15% of minority population, other than that of the minority community in a majority in that State/UT were identified.
  • Out of the 90 minority concentration districts, 53 districts have been classified in category 'A'. Category 'A' districts fall behind in both socio- economic and basic amenities parameters. The remaining 37 districts fall under category 'B' of which 20 districts fall behind in socio-economic parameters and 17 districts in basic amenities parameters These have been classified as sub-category 'B1' and 'B2' respectively.
Data source: Ministry of Minority Affairs, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Reserve Bank of India, Election Commission of India, Census of India, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Planning Commission, EPW, Seminar, Reports of Credible Media Organisations